Plane passenger is shot in MID-AIR after the plane is fired from the ground and a bullet passes through the fuselage

A PLANE passenger was shot in the air in Myanmar after a bullet fired by a gunman on the ground pierced the fuselage.

The Myanmar National Airlines plane, carrying 63 passengers, was hit on Friday as it was about to land in Loikaw – the capital of eastern Kayah state.

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A passenger sits in his seat surrounded by blood-soaked fabrics after the shootingCredit: Instagram/cabin_crew_club
The bullet passed through the plane and hit a passenger

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The bullet passed through the plane and hit a passengerCredit: Instagram/cabin_crew_club
The bullet would have pierced the bottom of the fuselage of the plane

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The bullet would have pierced the bottom of the fuselage of the planeCredit: Instagram/cabin_crew_club
The passenger was rushed to hospital after being shot

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The passenger was rushed to hospital after being shotCredit: AP

Shocking footage showed the bullet hole on the plane and a male passenger sat in his seat surrounded by blood soaked tissue.

He can be seen slumped in his chair as he held a handkerchief to the right side of his neck and cheek to try and stop the bleeding before being rushed to hospital once the plane landed.

The bullet reportedly pierced the plane’s lower fuselage as it flew at an altitude of 3,500 feet about four miles north of the airport.

The Myanmar National Airlines office in Loikaw said all flights to the city have been canceled indefinitely.

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Myanmar’s military government has accused rebel forces of firing on the plane, although rebel groups have denied the allegations.

Major General Zaw Min Tun, spokesman for Myanmar’s ruling military council, told state television: “I would like to say that this type of attack on the airliner is a war crime. .

“People and organizations who want peace must condemn this issue at all levels.”

Kayah state has seen intense fighting between the military and rebel groups after the army overthrew a democratically elected government last year and seized power.

The takeover in February last year was met with peaceful protests – but a deadly crackdown on protesters has led thousands of civilians to form militia units as part of a People’s Defense Force to fight back .

The military government said the shooting was carried out by the Karenni National Progressive Party – a militia fighting the government – and its allies in the People’s Defense Forces.

But Khu Daniel, a leader of the Karenni National Progressive Party, denied the accusation and said his party had not ordered its fighters to fire on civilians or passenger planes.

“The army is still accusing other organizations of being responsible for the shootings. Our military wing did not fire on the plane this morning,” he said.

A spokesman for the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force, another rebel group, called the allegations “defamatory propaganda against the revolutionary forces by the Military Council”.

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He said: “The runway and airfield area is surrounded by infantry battalions and high security areas. So to say PDFs attacked the plane is just an accusation.”

The government said it has tightened security around the airport.

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